The Fear-Faith Cycle
For the past few months I’ve noticed I’ve been on a destructive cycle, a cycle of doubt and hope, of depression and excitement, of fear and faith.
What the fear-faith cycle teaches me
The cycle has been a lesson reflecting it now. When life teaches us lessons it pushes and pulls us in multiple directions. Life has a way of simplifying a lesson by giving us two options fear and faith. For me right now fear is to fit down the premade paths of life of go to school so I can get a job, faith would be to create my own path with entrepreneurship, though the way is filled with unknowns. Fear is a drive and faith is a construction project on myself.
The cycle has been me living in both realities moving from one to another.
Living in the fear feels comfortable yet depressing. In fear, days are filled with distractions and the nights with a dull pain of regret. Fear is easy but lethargic. The path only leads to the ‘what could have been’s’.
Living from faith is exhilarating. The days are filled with hard work, learning, and dreaming, but not without downsides. Often ostracism pushes us back toward fear. It isn’t to the fault those pushing back because they push back out of their own fear.
The cycle teaches me that I have to make a choice to continue. I have to choose fear or faith otherwise I will remain in the same place.
Break the cycle
I believe I’m out of the cycle, and all I had to do is choose one over the other and make the same choice daily by focusing on actions that bring me closer to faith and closer to my goals. My goal is to make the choice a habit to live from faith and never again from fear.
It’s sad to look back and see that so many people live in this cycle. They get an idea, hear some good news, or learn a new opportunity; then they don’t see the path to that destination so they give up the idea, or on the opportunity. Too often people gain faith but slide back into fear before they start.
Right now I’m reading Rich Dad’s Before you Quit Your Job by Robert Kiyosaki, and I find that he often ran into the choice of fear or faith, but often encouraged to choose faith by his rich dad.